Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 12, 1977 · Page 4
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Page 4 Garden City Telegram Saturday. November 12, 1977 Other Editors Crackpot Scheme Crackpot is written all over the scheme cooked up by the Ku Klux Klan to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border in Southern California. The purpose of the patrol, beyond that of attracting publicity, is obscure, but the possibility of trouble exists if the organization makes any serious effort to carry out its plans. A klan spokesman said most of the klansmen will not be armed . . . He added that no attempt will be made to apprehend illegal aliens. San Diego police responded by saying that anyone on the patrol who is carrying a concealed weapon without a permit will be arrested. If the objective of the patrol is nebulous, the mentality of its planners is made clear by the KKK spokesman, who said the klan opposes the "rising flow of color washing over our border, washing away our culture, our racial fabric and changing America." An official of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said much of the Southern California border is public land, "and anyone can go there — although we don't advise it." So apparently this comic little expedition is legal, if KKK members get permission to enter private land or stay on public land and confine their action to the role of spectator. Any activity beyond that should bring their prompt arrest.—Los Angeles Times H\ d.h A CRITICAL friend threatens that if we don't do something remedial about our dieffenbachia'soon, we'll be cited for plant abuse. • ACTUALLY we had planned to leave it on the front porch and let Jack Frost put it out of its misery. But some1je-kind-to-plants member of the family snatched it indoors at the 20-some-above zero hour. • A NEIGHBOR said she couldn't face her afternoon bridge club without knowing who on our street was "the old bat" we wrote about who gave out last year's Christmas candy cans for Halloween treats. She had to convince them that she wasn't the one. So we told her who and assured her the O.B. isn't mad at us for mentioning it. The peppermint cane was among the most treasured treats in our kid's sack. • OUR YOUNGEST says she knows a little girl who has "navy blue eyes" and wonders if there is someone around with "navy brown" eyes. Could be. • SOME TIME ago we said here that John Robinson was born in Indian Territory (Oklahoma became a state in 1907). That prompted Bob Greer, history buff and former sports editor for the Telegram, to recall three other Garden Citians who are Indian Territory-born . . . Harold (Ha) Stoner who for many years was the big man in small grocery circles here; Sam Poe, widely-known and much-loved gardener and school crossing guard; and Tom Brunker, leader of veteran's affairs and man about town. Bob (and we do too) wonders if there are others in the community who were born in Indian territory. • THERE ARE X-rated bumper stickers, we think. At any rate, we are reluctant to report a couple we have seen because either 1) we don't understand them or 2) we think they have a hidden (dirty) meaning. 'Spelling is courtesy of Wharton's. Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sundays ana New Year's day. Memorial day Independence day. Thanksgiving day. Labor day and Christmas Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 27S-71C6 310 North 7th Street Garden City. Kansas 67846 Second class postage has been paid in Garden City. Kan. ' Publication Identification Number 213600 Fred Broolu J«hn Fraiirr Le Roy Allraan Editor Manadag Editor Ad and Boiuwu Mauger TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City. 12.67 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance By carrier in other cities where service is available 12.18 a month plus applicable sales tax. By mail C7.ll a year including postage and applicable sales tax. Local and area college students 119.45. including p™u«g» and applicable sates tax for 9-month school year. By motor car delivery per month $r.OO including applicable sales tax. Member of the Associated Prea -—"..- • The Associated Press it entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP news and dispatches All rights of publication or special dispatches are also reserved. Conservative View An Idea Whose Time Has Passed By JAMES J. KILPATRICK WASHINGTON—In his press conference of October 27, President Carter said he couldn't think of any major innovative proposals he would offer in 1978 or 1979. Shortly thereafter, responding to some raised eyebrows, the press office said that wasn't exactly so. Mr. Carter had not abandoned his promise of national health insurance. Such a program would yet be presented. Maybe so. Mr. Carter's commitment was absolute. / Time after time on the' campaign trail, he pledged his efforts to enact a "comprehensive, mandatory program of national health insurance." This is the kind of sweeping, first-dollar, all- embracing program that Senator Edward Kennedy ID- Mass.) continues to push. The 100-member Committee for National Health Insurance still is beating the drums for this scheme. The American Public Health Association, which met in Washington last week, raised whoops and hollers for "socialized medicine" as such. But unless I am wholly mistaken, most of the steam has leaked out of the movement toward national health insurance. Victor Hugo once said that no army can resist the strength of an idea whose time has come. By the same token, no army can impose an idea whose hour has passed. This idea is over the hill. Several reasons support that cheerful prediction. So radical a departure from existing patterns of medical care would have to command overwhelming popular support. Are the people clamoring for national health insurance? Unless my ears deceive me, the people are as quiet as so many clams. Last year, NBC look a poll: "Do you favor or oppose a program of health insurance paid by the government through increased taxation?" Only 36 percent of the respondents said yes. Almost half opposed; 16 percent were not sure. It is Not what you would call a ground swell. The NBC figures reflect the growing disillusionment with federal programs generally. What is proposed, under Kennedy's grandiose plan, is to turn medical care over to the same wonderful folks who have given us Amtrak and the Postal Service. If ever a majority of the people believed government could perform a function better than the private sector, that belief no longer commands much support. A people disenchanted with public education have no perceptible enthisasm for comprehensive public health. The opposition to the Carter- Kennedy program rests on more than intuitive antipathy. The people are perfectly capable of foreseeing fantastic costs, and they don't like what they see. The senator's idea is to scrap all existing programs of private insurance; he would also abandon Medicare, and he would retain only parts of the health care now provided under Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and other agencies. In their place he would erect an enormous new bureaucratic structure headed by a Health Security Board. This board would effectively fix hospital budgets, fix doctors' fees, fix prescription prices, collect billions of dollars in new taxes, and disburse millions of checks annually to providers of health services. The total cost? No one has even a foggy notion of the cost. Two hundred billion, three hundred billion? It is all the same to Messrs. Kennedy and Carter. Present costs are vaguely estimated at $145 billion. Once all restraints were abondoned, (he figure easily could double or treble. Who would pay for all this? Who do you think would pay for all this? The Kennedy- Carter plan envisions new (axes on employer and employee (on top of the stunning Social Security increases now in prospect), plus matching billions from the general fund. There is no way under moon or sun that Mr. Cater could fold any such program into his budget for 1979 or 1980, and still hope to see the budget balanced. An estimated 92 percent of our people now are covered by some sort of health or hospital insurance. Relatively speaking, only a small minority of families have no coverage of any sort. The poor are fully covered by Medicaid, the aged by Medicare, the veterans and their families by military benefits. In our largest industries, such as automobile manufacturing, collective bargaining has resulted in health benefits equaling what Kennedy proposes. If any federal program at all can be justified — and can be afford — it is a program to insure the risk of catastrophic illness. If Mr. Carter will settle for that, few persons will belabor him for breaking a promise. And you can depend on that. '"Theck you say ... it's: Down down and stay!" Art Buchwald Writes: Capitol Comment Translators Needed at Topeka By DEAN HINNEN Kansas Correspondent TOPEKA (HNS) — Budgets and the agency heads who defend them aren't the only things that take a beating during the state's annual exercise in fiscal futility known as budget hearings. So does our language. There is a simple theory at work here. For the sake of a better name I have decided to dub it "Hinnen's law." In language a bureaucrat can understand, it goes like this: "Obfuscation is the next best thing to justification." (To save wear and tear on your Funk and Wagnalls, obfuscation is the fine art of muddling, confusing or bewildering.) The first corrollary to Hinnen's law is: "The value of a program is in inverse ratio to the complexity of the words used to describe it." (If the program stinks, try to make it sound good — or at least complicated.) Here are some examples: From KTI president Thomas Creech: "We're asking for basic reconfiguration of space." I think that means he wants to remodel a building. (An aside here — I don't know if Creech talked like that before the Board of Regents took over supervision of KTI. If he didn't, we have another excellent reason why the stale's community colleges shouldn't be put under Regents control.) From Fort Hays State Unversity president Gerald Tomanek, talking about the need for a secretary in the closed circuit television operation at his school: "Economically it would seem to be expedient to relieve the higher paid academic and engineering staff from such activities so their time could be more fully utilized for the jobs for which they were hired." In other words, we pay professors and engineers too much money to be file clerks. (And verbally, it would be expedient — and result in a considerable savings in time and paper — to use simple words to explain simple ideas.) I could go on, but I won't. The thing I want to hear an educator say at a budget hearing is: "We need the money to teach English to our budget-writers." Jack Anderson Making Used Cars Usable WASHINGTON - "Would you buy a used car from this man?'' may soon fade away as a motto for shady dealings. Proposed federal regulations would require used car dealers to inspect every car they sell and disclose its condition on a window sticker. A Federal Trade Commission staff proposal would force dealers to reveal the car's previous use, mileage, mechanical condition, safety defects and the fitness of such key components as headlights, horn and brakes. Many used car dealers intentionally cover up mechanical faults in order to sell the cars, FTC investigators have found. The public, according to an FTC staff report, "is confronted with immaculate vehicles and smooth-talking salesmen who strive to assure the customer that the gleaming beauties are in 'mint condition' ... while maintaining a wall of silence about defects which may lie beneath'the surface." Such dealers "misrepresent that vehicles are defect-free or that substantial repairs have been performed," the report charges. They glibly promise to fix any defect that develops, but when a problem occurs, they deny having made any promises. "These verbal assurances," the study declares, "have all too often proven empty rhetoric to the buyer of a 'lemon.' " These practices are especially prevalent on used car lots that the study falls 'ghetto rip-offs." And some salesmen are so familiar with the defects "that they can identify vehicles on the lot which they will not sell to their friends," but will eagerly peddle to strangers. Many dealers try to make old cars look brand new. Ignoring the mechanical defects, they eliminate signs of previous wear and tear through a method called "appearance reconditioning." They remove dents and scratches, repaint the car, shampoo the interior, with a "new car smell." Some customers are even stuck with "fleet" cars that were Trials of Indian Giver previously battered as police cars, laxicabs, rent-a-cars, or driver education cars. The problem, one FTC investigator 'told our associate Howie Kurtz, is that "one guy, the seller, has all the information, and the other guy, the buyer, has almost no information. That spells disaster." As the staff report put it: "The consumer, in large part, ends up buying a pig in a poke." Less than 20 percent of used car buyers are told about the defects in their autos, a recent survey ordered by FTC found. But in states which require disclosure statements, such as Wisconsin, customers get "somewhat lower asking prices" and substantially lower repair costs." The system saved Wisconsin car buyers about *40 million last year, with the average customer saving $163. The federal disclosure statement will be considered by the full commission in January. WASHINGTON — The United States made a terrible mistake many years ago when it gave the American Indians a lot of what it considered worthless land to live on. It now turns out that this land has on it and under it one-third of all the low-sulphur coal suitable for strip mining, about 55 percent of the nation's uranium and 3 or 4 percent of its oil and natural gas. But the Indians, instead of offering to give the land back to the white man, have formed a Council of Energy Resources and are planning to play hard ball when it comes to leases and mining rights. No amount of persuasion can make the Indians realize that the white man had erred in giving them the wrong land. A friend of mine went out to talk to an Indian council member the other day. He said, "I come in peace. Many moons ago our forefathers did your tribe a terrible injustice. WE gave you land on which nothing could grow and no animals could graze." "We know about that," the Indian chief replied. "Our geologists recently reported that the reason nothing could grow on our land was that there was loo much low- sulphur coal in it." "Exactly. Since you are the descendants of these brave warriors we wish to make amends and give you land that really has some value." "You are very kind, but we're happy with the land," the chief said. "The royalties from our uranium deposits will see us through many a cold winter." "But mining uranium is so degrading for an American Indian," my friend said. "We're not going to mine it," the Indian chief said. "We're going to let the white man do that. We're going into stock investments, bonds and real estate. We might even Public Pulse GCHS Program Bring Honors I would like to thank you very much for the article "National Nod for GCHS Computer Program". We are very proud to have been selected as one of the 106 institutions in the NATION as being an exemplary computer center. There were only two other institutions in Kansas to receive this honor, Emporia State University and Wichita Public Schools. No institutions for Oklahoma or Nebraska were selected. We feel this National recognition is something that Garden City and USD 457 should be proud of. We would also like to invite any Garden Cilian to visit the Project next Tuesday night during the High School open house, which starts at 7:00 p.m.— STANLEY A. CRANE, Garden City High buy a few insurance companies, and Boardwalk and Park Place, if they ever get those Atlantic City casinos built." "But, Great Chief, wouldn't your people be happier living somewhere else besides this vast wasteland of parched earth?" "Do you know what's under that parched earth? Three or 4 percent of all the oil reserves in the United States. We're even thinking of joining OPEC and trying to persuade them to raise the price of oil to $15 a barrel." "But what does an Indian want with oil? Your horses and buffalo need fresh water.'' "Our Cadillacs and Lincolns don't. They have fuel injection and once you put antifreeze in them they can go without water for a year. Actually, one of our plans is to open a string of gas stations with the brand name 'Fire Water' and start a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign with the slogan, 'Put an Apache in your lank.' How does that grab you?" "Before you make these hasty decisions, 0 Mighty Chief, lei me tell you what we are willing to trade for your grubby reservations." "I'm listening." "What would you say if I told you that the United Slates government is prepared to make up for the terrible Irealies we made with you in the past by giving you in exchange for your land the following: the South Bro|ix, most of Walls in Los Angeles, all the land; on Ihe SST approach to Kennedy Airport and part of downtown Cleveland." "You would do thai for the American Indian?" "It's the least we can do for all the pain and anguish you have suffered Ihrough the years." "I can't give you my answer now because I have to fly off to Washinglon in a few minules." "Why are you going lo Washington?" "I'm lobbying for Ihe gas deregulalion bill," the chief said. "How does Carter expect our people to drill for gas when he's only offering us »1.85 per 1,000 cubic feet?" '•ftf: •: : x : : &* SSi 88 m November 12 11:NA.M. -ABC TROUBtE RIVER — Part I. A young boy and his grandmother. leafing an attack by renegades, escape by riding a makeshift rail down a dangerous river. 7:00 P.Mi — CBS BOB NEWHART - It's no laughing matter lor Howard Borden when his young son. Howie, announces he's giving up regular school to become a comedian. 7:00 P.M. — NBC BIONIC WOMAN - "Brain Wash." Jaime Sommers endangers Oscar Goldman's life when she reveals lop secret information while gelling a shampoo that turns ;;;*;= m Wft • H^ . — "Tabitha's Triangle." Tabitha falls in love with a handsome political candidate and has to contend with the jealousy of her boss, TV star Paul Thurslon. 7:30 P.M. — CBS UE^ i° T E n C - H OTHER - Damon ' s emotional stability is at an all-time low when he leams lhal-his ex-wile is remarrying and when Judy expresses her concern, he ."JBtates her meaning and makes a pass. i:30 P.M. — ABC «C SATURDAY MOVIE - "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. 100 P.M. - NBC NBC SATURDAY MOVIE - "The Godfather." Part I. ftjO P.M. — CBS TONY RANDALL - A very reluctant judge Franklin hires his superior judge's son to fill the job ol court clerk, causing Wafer to be constantly agitated bv the young man who turns out to be a racist Ch.6KTVC(CBS) Ch.11KGLD(NBCI Ch. 13KUPK(ABC) Mb TV On UhtMs and Johnson. cable-TV curtonwn rteaiir* Denver's public TV station Mcnannt! 10.) Saturday Cable TV Channel 7 t p.m. THE BEST OF FAMILIES • The E ection" Teddy Wheeler supports political novice Teddy Roosevelt inule Mayoral election of 1886. 11 P-m. PBS MOVIE THEATER "*" me f' ' ' [«•> A young med student sets out through the city looking for adventure, and the adventures he encounter* defy rational analysis creating a •um.ii.bc world of bizarre events m m

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